Don’t dis­card mam­mog­ra­phy

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: Mam­mo­grams out­dated, po­ten­tially harm­ful (Oct. 17)

I am a breast cancer sur­vivor of 2009. This cancer was not de­tected by clin­i­cal or self-ex­am­i­na­tion, but by a mam­mo­gram. The biopsy and pathol­ogy re­sults con­firmed this cancer had al­ready in­vaded the sen­tinel (guard) lymph node on the re­spec­tive arm. After three surg­eries, three chemo­ther­apy treat­ments and 20 ra­di­a­tion treat­ments, I am still here.

Un­til the in­no­va­tive arm of di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing and med­i­cal re­search presents a less ra­dioac­tive test than a dig­i­tal mam­mo­gram, I will con­tinue to fol­low through with an­nual mam­mo­grams. Both self/clin­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions and mam­mo­grams are im­por­tant. The one truth I have learned with my mam­mo­gram of 2009 is this: not all breast can­cers are pal­pa­ble.



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